Marshall Area Chamber Weekly Events Newsletter
February 3, 2017
In This Issue
Chamber 201
Let's Connect
Young Professionals/Women's Connect Luncheon
Valley Discount Liquor Sampling
Service Enterprises
Homeownership 101
Ghent FD Breakfast
Transportation Services Focus Group
Social Media Breakfast
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Mustangs Meetup
MAFAC Exhibit
Pheasants Forever Banquet
Ambassador Visits
Health Insurance for Employers
2017 Chamber Coupon Books
E-Connection Policies

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Chamber Members!

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Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 337-4007

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Chamber 201

When: Tuesday, February 7th | 8:00-9:00 AM
Where: Marshall Chamber (118 W College Dr)

Many of you have been to our Marshall Chamber 101 event.  We are offering a Chamber 201 event that will give members insight on our back end services including what it all means to login to our website.  Learn how to add a job posting, a hot deal, an event and we will also cover the option of upgrading to an enhanced business listing.  Bring your laptop or iPad/tablet if you have one.

Let's Connect

When: Thursday, February 9th | 7:30-9 AM
Where: AmericInn (1406 East Lyon St)

Who wants to talk about their business?  Who wants more leads?  Check out our networking event that gives you a chance to show off your company with your one minute verbal commercial while enjoying a great breakfast and learning about other local businesses.  Be sure to bring brochures to display and business cards to share!

Young Professionals/Women's Connect Luncheon

When: Thursday, February 9th, 12-1 PM
Where: Red Baron Arena & Expo (1651 Victory Dr)

Human Resources Panel 
Please join us as our panel shares their insight on the current work force.

Carolyn McDonald-Lyon County, Tricia Zimmer- Northstar Mutual, Scott Rowe-Turkey Valley, Nancy Olson-Southwest Minnesota State University.

This will be a combined event with Women's Connect and Young Professionals, so we will be limiting it to 80 people. Be sure to register today so you don't miss out!

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 7th.
Valley Discount Liquor Sampling
Saturday, February 4th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Service Enterprises Euchre Tournament & Silent Auction

Service Enterprises, Inc.
2nd Annual Euchre Tournament &
Silent Auction
Saturday, February 4, 2017   *  Redwood Falls American Legion
Call Service Enterprises, Inc. at 507-637-3503 for more information or visit our Facebook page. 
Homeownership 101

When: Tuesday, February 7th | 8:00-9:00 AM
Online registration
Ghent FD Pancakes & Sausage Breakfast
Sunday, February 12th
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Eloi Catholic Church - Ghent, MN
Transportation Services Focus Group
Monday, February 13th
2:00-3:30 p.m.
SW Center for Independent Living (SWCIL)
Social Media Breakfast

Koo Koo Kanga Roo

Thursday, February 16
Schwan Center for the Performing Arts
FREE and open to the public.

Mustangs Meetup

We invite you to showcase your organization at  Mustangs Meetup: Coffee & Careers on Wednesday, February 22nd.  This new event offers you the opportunity to connect with SMSU students in a unique, relaxed, professional setting. The event will be a blend of a networking event and a traditional career fair to allow you to showcase your organization and current/future opportunities for internships or full-time positions. SMSU offers over  50 degrees from Accounting to Theatre Arts and prepares students to meet the complex challenges of this century as engaged citizens in their local and global communities. We are confident that this event will allow you to build relationships with our students and increase your organization's visibility at SMSU.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 8, 2017. 

MAFAC Exhibit: A Marriage of Line and Texture

January 31-March 10, 2017
Reception March 10, 6-8 P.M.

Pheasants Forever Banquet

Saturday, March 11th, 2017
SMSU Conference Center

Ambassador Visits

Advanced Eyecare 1st Dollar Award
1305 East College Drive
(507) 337-4007

Balanced Health Chiropractic 1st Dollar Award
800 East Main Street, Suite 340
(507) 337-2424

Health Insurance for Employers

The Minnesota Chamber has long advocated for changes in state law to increase small employers' options for providing health insurance to their employees. Our push for more options has become increasingly important in recent years as small employers have struggled to keep up with rising costs in the fully-insured small group market. As evidence of this, the number of small employers in the small group market has shrunk by 8,000 employers. That's roughly 1/3 of the small group market.
Last week Governor Dayton signed into law SF 1, bipartisan legislation providing a premium relief to those buying health insurance in the individual health insurance market in 2017. While providing relief to the individual market was certainly the focus of the legislation, the bill also included important Chamber-backed provisions for small employers as well.
Increased access to self-insuring for small employers
SF 1 includes provisions making it easier for small employers in Minnesota to consider self-insuring their health plan offerings. Most large employers self-insure, rather than buying health insurance for their employees. This gives them more flexibility over plan design and more control over costs. Self-insuring does entail risk for the employer, and so most small employers use stop loss coverage to help manage the financial risks associated with self-insuring. The Chamber successfully advocated for the inclusion of provisions in SF 1 to remove the artificial distinction that's currently in place in statute between small employers and larger employers that limits small employers' access to only certain types of stop loss insurance, which often requires them to take on greater financial risk to self-insure than a larger employer. The changes in SF 1 will allow small employers to take on the same proportional risk as large employers, leveling the playing field for those small employers who'd like to consider using stop loss coverage to self-insure.
Pre-Tax Defined Contribution Arrangements
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, any small employer who attempted to set up defined contribution arrangements to help employees buy individual health insurance plans had to do with after-tax dollars. This required both the employee and the employer to pay a premium for the individual health insurance plans employees purchased. In December 2016, Congress passed legislation allowing small employers to use Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to help employees purchase individual health insurance with pre-tax dollars. In order for small employers in Minnesota to take advantage of this new change in federal law, however, changes were needed in Minnesota statute. The Chamber successfully advocated for inclusion of these changes as part of SF 1.
Brad Gruhot
Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce

2017 Chamber Coupon Books

We are looking for groups
to sell the 2017 Chamber Coupon books!
If your group or organization would like to make $5/per book sold, contact us at (507) 532-4484
Books will be available by March.
You may choose how many books you would like to sell. What a great way to support shopping local while SAVING BIG!


Chamber E-Connection Guidelines and Policies

Newsletter Goals and Audience
The purpose of the Chamber E-Connection newsletter is to share our members' events with  other business and community members. It is an informational newsletter and helps to promote  our member businesses and their events.
Each Friday, our newsletter is sent to over 1,500 individuals. Our separate emails are sent to  the same list, but are held especially for our Chamber events and Business After Hours.

Newsletter Policy
E-Connection events are included based on requests from the member business. The following criteria are requested by the Marshall Area Chamber for event submissions:
  • Events flyers or submissions must be an actual event. We do not include sales or promotions.
  • Events can be included in the E-Connection for 2 weeks Free of charge, and you have the option of adding one additional week for $10. 3 weeks is the max per event.
  • Submissions must be sent the Wednesday prior to that Friday's
    E-Connection to be included to

  • All event flyers are for Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce members only. 
Any Chamber member businesses events can be submitted to the Chamber website as well here. Click submit new event.
Chamber Member Job Postings             
Any Chamber me mber may submit job postings! Ask about your login by 
emailing or c all the Chamber at 532-4484.

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Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce
118 West College Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 532-4484